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Defense contractor employee: "This is my forced vacation"
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Sarasota, Florida - Chris Best's laptop remained closed on Tuesday. In fact, he never opened it.

"It was strange," Best said with a smile. "To wake up, have coffee, and not begin work. But, nope, I wasn't going to do it. This is my forced vacation."

The Sarasota resident telecommutes each day from his home. He works for a defense contractor in top secret security intelligence.  He preferred to keep his place of employment anonymous.

Best said enough is enough.

"I want to get back to work," Best told 10 News. "Tomorrow. We are being held hostage by the government. These people in Washington make decisions for us."

Watching the government shutdown clock was Best's first order of business Tuesday, the numbers looming on his television screen.  "I get so frustrated. [Politicians] are going back and forth, like a ping pong ball or a tennis match. They can't make a decision."

Best and his co-workers have been preparing for this day for quite some time. "We knew September 30th was coming," he said.

In fact, Monday was frantic. "We crammed a week's worth of work into one day. It was quite interesting," Best said.

He admitted he was stressed out trying to prepare for the unknown. With a hearty laugh, he told us, "Someone asked me, 'How many cups of coffee have you had?' I was laughing. You know it's only 10 a.m.? Um, I was asking, 'Have you done this, have you done that?' I was running down the list. I wanted to be prepared."

Best and his 1,800 fellow colleagues had to give up vacation days during the shutdown. Essential employees could possibly return to work on Friday. Best works in payroll and said he is ready for the shutdown to be finished.

"Run the government like a company. It should be run like a corporation. This shouldn't happen, not even for one day," Best said.

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